Christian Thompson, 34, was awarded Australia’s Charles Perkins scholarship, and is now studying for a PhD in philosophy and fine art.
He was invited by the museum to create a body of work inspired by the museum’s collection of Aboriginal photographs.
Mr Thompson created a series of photographic self-portraits involving elements such as crystals and flowers.
He said: “I was really interested in the idea of being inspired by, rather than commenting on the exhibition.
“I tried to transform the gallery into a ritual site using crystals and flowers.”
The exhibition is part of an international research project led by Dr Jane Lydon at Monash University, Australia, entitled Globalization, photography, and race: the circulation and return of Aboriginal photographs in Europe.
The exhibition runs until January 3.